04 Apr 2020

PERPETUAL PEACE: A UTOPIA?

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The ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, says that it is possible to establish peace in the world, as long as each individual is at peace with themselves. He gave a peace talk for the first time in his life when he was only four. However, some great philosophers like Kant think that peace is a utopia.

In fact, he thinks that everlasting peace can be established over a certain area. This article is an insight about the utopia of perpetual peace.

Perpetual peace as a utopia

The term "utopia" was invented by the philosopher Thomas More in 1516. A utopia denotes a social ideal; in other words, we create and build a social ideal on earth. This implies that people on earth dreams about the existence of a world where there is neither violence nor suffering, but peace reigns everlastingly.

However, some strategies are needed to establish harmony in the world. This includes the establishment of universal policies and strategies to prevent conflicts, to solve problems through nonviolence, in order to make peace last forever. What are some of those strategies to achieve perpetual peace on earth?

Imposing rules to building perpetual peace

Pluralism and diversity create conflicts among us. Since the beginning of the world history, some nations and races are mightier than the others. The Roman Empire ruled over many nations throughout history; the Egyptians were also known for their remarkable power and wealth.

They imposed rules and policies on the other countries which they ruled over. They imposed rules over the dominated countries to adopt their culture and traditions. However, such diversity in cultural and religious backgrounds created conflicts and sparked civil wars among nations. In fact, prejudice based on origin and cultural diversity was unalterable.

Allowing cultural diversity for sustainable peace

Despite the influence of powerful nations over some countries, it can be said that each country has preserved their specific traditions and customs. Globalization makes it possible to establish cultural diversity in the same region or area.

To establish perpetual peace, it is essential to put an end the established stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination which are based on cultural, religious, and socio-economic diversity.

Promoting tolerance to accomplish unending peace

To crack down on cultural and prejudice based conflicts, it is essential to promote tolerance to achieve everlasting peace. To reach the objective, initiatives have been undertaken. In 2004, UNESCO set up the first European Conference on Cultural Diversity. It was organized in Poland.

Actions were taken through French and Polish Commission to boost cultural diversity. Several cross-cultural conferences, symposiums and international events have been organized, in which people from different origins and backgrounds participate. The objective is mainly to establish perpetual peace through tolerance in order to eliminate any prejudice and conflicts based on socio-cultural diversity.

Addressing the issue of human right violation to attain perpetual peace

The universal declaration of human rights is still utopia. In fact, it is difficult to ensure human rights in all parts of the world because of cultural diversity. The United Nations's objective is to stimulate and defend human rights. However, traditions and culture make it impossible to respect human rights. As a result, cases of domestic violence such as the ones resulting from honor killings, child abuse are still inevitable.

Since 2018, Prem Rawat's best-seller entitled "When the Desert Blooms" has inspired millions of people and transformed their lives to peace. Therefore, there is still hope to achieve perpetual peace.